“Shot in Abu Dhabi’s Al Ain the video spotlights surfer Dion Agius carving up the “world’s best wave pool.” A few weeks back, Dion Agius and crew embarked on a journey to the Middle East. A journey for waves. A journey that would bring Dion to unleash on the world’s best man made wave. Smack in the middle of a desert mountain range in a foreign land”.
“Norwegian firm Saunders architecture has completed the ‘squish studio’, one of six commissioned artist studios along the coastline of fogo island in new foundland, canada. positioned within the eastern town of tilting, the 30 square meter building is perched upon the rocky terrain and supported with a system of stilts. Reaching 20 feet, the southern roof peak and generated angled outdoor area produce the main entry to the retreat. downward sloping to half the height at the opposing northern end, this trapezoidal structure’s name is derived from its ‘squished’ form while contrasting the local vernacular structures rooted within a strong irish heritage. the tapered exterior also serves to deflect strong coastal winds.
recently designated as a national cultural landscape district, transient artists may immerse within the creative process amidst an isloated setting. the tall entry leads to an internal spatial compression and horizontal work room which directs attention outward,
to nearby round head as well as the changing atmospheric conditions and crashing waves of the north atlantic. Built-in storage
is alternated with slits of windows, offering glimpses of the sunrise to the northeastern horizon”.
Spruce planks painted white clad the building’s external surfaces. completely off-grid, the structure’s electrcity and small kitchen
are powered with solar panels located atop a nearby hill while a compost toilet and wood burning stove complete day to day necessities. At night, a soft illumination creates a lantern effect, evoking the image of a lighthouse upon the cliff.
“French Architect Patrick Partouche has recently completed ‘maison container lille’, a single family residence created from eight shipping containers within the countryside of lille, france. the stacked units combine to generate 208 square meters of living space which overlook a field with cows through a facade of glazed panels. the original doors on the ground and upper level may be opened or closed from the outside for privacy or to protect from direct sunlight. resting upon reinforced concrete foundations, the dwelling was installed within three days on-site. the maritime containers were transported by truck and placed during construction with a crane. Large polycarbonate and glass bay windows with low-e coating and argon gas infill clad the front and rear elevation, serving as a thermal bridge and providing plenty of natural light. the removed corrugated sheets were introduced as decorative elements within the living spaces. The exterior complies with local regulations while the interior material palette of galvanized steel, poppy red columns and wood generates an industrial atmosphere as desired by the inhabitants”.
The ‘soft block’ cushion series by japanese studio Torafu Architects offers a solution for rearrangeable furniture. Modeled after concrete blocks in diverse designs, the modular pieces can be composed into a variety of configurations. The cushions utilize the ‘fine revo’ foam material by asleep.
Japanese practice Mizuishi Architect Atelier (kota mizuishi) has sent us images of ‘House in Horinouchi’, a two-storey private dwelling for a family of three in suginami, tokyo, japan. situated on a triangular site between a river and a road, the design is a direct response to the characters and qualities offered by the plot while remaining within the local permits and regulations of the area.
Marina bay sands complex consists of three hotel towers connected by the magnificent sands skypark. With over 2,500 rooms and suites, it is the biggest hotel in singapore. The sands skypark with pool is built at the height of 200 meters.Its lush, landscaped gardens are home to 250 trees and 650 plants and offer a total of 12,400 square meters of space – big enough to fit three football fields. hotel guests have the exclusive use of a 150-meter infinity swimming pool, the world’s largest outdoor pool at that height.
Casa perzo’ by pezo von ellrichshausen architects located in catalonia, spain.
A hollowed monolithic concrete form rises above the landscape providing unobstructed views of the matarranya region of spain. A substantial base supports the inhabitable element from below instilling within dwellers the feeling of hovering above the trees. The circulation consists of a focal room containing a pool which extends choreographed views through punched fenestrations. Living spaces are swept to the perimeter veranda which serves as a hybrid observation platform and balcony while the corners perpetually remain open-air.